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All that we are is a result of what we have thought.
-- Abraham Lincoln
 

 

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

One thing

Narrowing your focus down to one thing, is difficult. Because to do so, you must turn your focus away from all other things.

Yet it is also powerful to focus on one thing. What you discover, understand, achieve, can be nothing short of amazing.

It’s great to be ambitious, but if you spread your ambition too thin, you destroy its effectiveness. If you seek to have it all, to do it all, to experience it all, you make it impossible for anything to have any meaning.

No particular possession or experience, nor all of them for that matter, will provide the fulfillment you desire. It is your pursuit, your effort, your struggle, your investment of yourself in a specific purpose, that brings fulfillment.

You can pose for the selfie, buy the t-shirt, say you did it, and move quickly to the next item on your long, meaningless list. Or you can slow down, give time, thought, meaning and long focus to what you’re doing, and come away with real richness.

Give immense value to each possibility you pursue by letting go of the other possibilities for a while. Really focus, and make it truly special.

— Ralph Marston

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